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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,480 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,480
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 151
Gots: 314 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big fluffy airy head sits a top a clean copper body. The lacing was tremendous with thick lines of foam.

The scent is earthy, herbal hops. Sweet caramel malt sits to the background with ever so slight appearances of grapefruit rind.

My palate detects so many fruits that would be atypical of the style. I catch watermelon, kiwi, strawberry and a bitter grapefruit. Caramel malt flavor is evident and supports the whole taste.

For something called Palate Wrecker this is surprisingly clean. There is a bitter side with some astringency but it's not off putting.

I'm not sure why my palate perceived this in such a fashion but Damn I like it.

KYGunner, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

waddellc2, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tbryan5, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Substantial rising effervescence. Pours about a 2+ finger, dry, frothy, brown-white head. Craters in quite a desiccating fashion, slowly but surely settling to a light foamy blanket and some remaining residue.

S: Pine straw, hops, pine resin, lemon citrus, and a nice floral component.

T: Lightly nutty malt grain, boat loads of pine resin, and plenty of lemon pith.

M: Syrupy body. Extremely bitter. Mouth-drying finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate as much.

Atmosphere is really nice. Plenty of effervescence, giant head, and some very spotty yet persistent lacing. Very piney and floral with lemon citrus. Has a slight nutty base character with an extremely hoppy bitter palate. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -3.8%

anteater, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour revealed a deep golden yellow body with a big, fluffy, billowy, white head; nice, small, gently rising carbonation bubbles. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with an underlying caramel malt character; grapefruit. Excellent meld of luscious malt sugars with hard biting yet controlled hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; dry finish.

The relatively crazy hop IBUs definitely make their presence known, and as long as you know what you're getting yourself into, then this IIPA should make your day. Although the crazy-mad hop bittering character is there, the malt sweetness and toasted grain notes also make their presence felt, making for a wild and wonderful ale experience.

beergoot, May 23, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JeffTheJuice, May 13, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours orange with a creamy 1/4 inch off white head; great lacing that leaves rings clinging to the glass.

Smells of huge hops, floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit and bread/grains.

Tastes of huge hops, floral hops, piney hops and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a touch of brown sugar, a hint of syrup and some mild spices - what a tasty brew, it is delicious! It bombarded my palate, but didn't wreck it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation, a light crisp feel and a very smooth feel overall. I guess it was balanced, but it's hard to judge since this was a hop assault and just a very tasty beer that any hop-head will enjoy. The 9% ABV was well hidden and this beer went down very easy. A definite recommendation.

CHickman, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Danny1217, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Kmat10, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -3.8%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level.

AleWatcher, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DRBiser, May 25, 2014
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev -3.8%

josephwa, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Damian74Shensky, May 24, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I saw this on the menu at Mohawk House for dinner. I ordered it second with the knowledge that it would affect any beer following. I also felt like a strong IPA would still come in well against a ribeye with a cajun rub and chimichurri sauce.

This is a very good looking beer. The head is fluffy, and it retained really well. I like the sticky lacing that it left behind.

You get a ton of grapefruit from the head, but you don't have to get close to the glass to experience this. I also pick up a little bit of malt in the background.

Usually these triple IPA's look and smell really good. Then they fall off with taste and feel. Green Flash somehow made 150 IBU's drinkable. They did a good job of offsetting the over-hopping with a good dose of malt. It works out to some amazing hopping. I really liked the flavor on this. This is a hop-heads dream.

Unfortunately the bitterness in the aftertaste is just impossible to balance out. I was tasting this beer on the roof of my mouth over 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant. The malt was gone at this point, and I really needed water to compensate.

This was a very new experience for me. I'm glad to have it. I recommend checking it out. Just know that this beer does not play well with others.

ummswimmin, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jplopez21, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

avisong, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ajzy, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Keith_R, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Dave_Treat, Mar 17, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,480 ratings.